Connect with others
Building and maintaining constructive relationships with people is an important part of wellbeing. Spending time around positive and supportive people means you are more likely to feel better about yourself, be more confident and feel able to face difficult times.
In return, if you are caring and supportive to other people, you are more likely to get a positive response from them. With these things in mind, why not try to do something different today and make a connection, such as:
- talk to someone instead of sending an email or text
- speak to someone new
- give a colleague a lift to work or walk or catch the bus with someone to school.
If you’re feeling isolated - perhaps you’re a parent with young children or have recently moved jobs, school or to a new area - staying in contact with friends and family may help, even if it’s just for a short catch up.
Technology is useful when distance or mobility is an issue, as there are so many ways to stay in touch – phone or Skype, email and social media sites, such as Facebook, are all great ways to stay connected. If you’re not online at home, you could book time for internet access at your local library.
If you’re interested in meeting new people, the Slough Befriending Service offers support face-to-face or by phone to anyone living in Slough. The service also helps to link people in to activities in the community.
If English is not your first language, Building Futures Together (BFT) runs a free, multilingual telephone befriending service. Support is available in the following languages: English, Punjabi, Urdu, Polish, Arabic, French, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Sinhalese, Patois, Spanish and Portuguese. For information, call 01753 555650 or email email@example.com